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American Legislative Exchange Council

Scott Walker: The First ALEC President?

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Walker was an ALEC member as a state legislator in the 1990s, and the agenda that Walker has championed throughout his long political career has closely tracked the policies promoted by ALEC and its corporate funders, despite public opposition to many of those measures. If Walker is successful in his presidential bid, he would be the first ALEC alum to take the oval office.

ALEC: Paying for Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars

Mike Lux | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I know that sounds like a dramatic thing to say, but when more than 100 major corporations find it too embarrassing to be associated with you anymore, you know things have to be pretty bad. And what drives me crazy is that my tax dollars are subsidizing ALEC's corporate lobbying.

Uncovered: Corporate Lobbying Funded by Your Tax Dollars

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Brendan Fischer of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) tells us about CMD and Common Cause's latest submission to the International Revenue Service (IRS) showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) functions as a corporate lobbying group, in violation of the tax code for 501(c)(3) charities.

ALEC Losing Clout, Legitimacy amid Ongoing Controversy and Tax Fraud

Yael Bromberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

Groups like the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Red Cross come to mind when most of us think about charities. ALEC is something far different, a shadowy operation that brings legislators and corporations together behind closed doors to advance private interests.

Telecom Sleaze: ALEC and Its Communication's Funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

But it is ALEC that should cease operations and everyone reading this must ask -- why is the Department of Justice (DOJ) not investigating ALEC and its corporate communications members and funders -- AT&T, Verizon, Centurylink, Comcast & Time Warner Cable?

The Exelon-Pepco Merger & Exelon's History of Anti-Clean Energy Lobbying

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

Exelon has a long history of using political influence to oppose the deployment of renewable energy. Exelon’s political operations may impact the co...

Charles Koch's Cut-and-Paste Attack on Clean Energy in North Carolina

Connor Gibson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Almost every player has ties back to Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch, and despite previous failures, the formula is exactly the same.

Hotel Industry Spins Wage Hikes as 'Extreme' While CEOs Rake in Millions

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Hotels are making a killing. Occupancy rates are exceeding pre-recession highs, and are expected to reach record levels in 2016. But the little-known trade association representing this robust $163 billion dollar industry is a major force fighting behind the scenes on Capitol Hill and in statehouses and courtrooms across the country to keep workers wages low.

ALEC Climate Denial: Corporate Bill Mill Threatens Lawsuit for Saying So

Steve Horn | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has threatened public interest group Common Cause with a lawsuit for pointing out what the public record has made clear: ALEC denies the scientific consensus on climate change.

'Green News Report' - April 7, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Shell Oil returns to the Arctic (buckle up!); ALEC now pretending it ne...

ALEC Climate Change Denial: Attacks on Climate Regulations and Clean Energy Solutions

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

These pro-clean energy policies translate into direct market competition for ALEC's corporate membership in the fossil fuel, coal, and utility industries.

The ALEC-Backed War on Local Democracy

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Corporate interests that spend hundreds of millions a year on state and federal lobbying have grown accustomed to getting what they want at the federal and state levels, but it is much harder to assert corporate control over America's 22,553 municipal and county governments.

Full Koch Press for ALEC Right-to-Work Bill in Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The ALEC drill team was on full display this week. At Tuesday's public hearing, the only people to testify in favor of the bill were representatives of the corporations that would profit from lower wages in Wisconsin and an array of experts bankrolled by the Kochs.

Scott Walker Pushes ALEC 'Right to Work' Bill, Divide and Conquer Comes Full Circle

Mary Bottari | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Just weeks ago, the Washington Post described Scott Walker as the first "It" candidate of the 2016 presidential races, but after stumbling over "truth," evolution, and whether or not the President is a Christian or loves America, Walker is getting ready to change the topic.

Edison Electric Institute's Anti-Solar, PR Spending Revealed

Gabe Elsner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Gabe Elsner

Most Americans already know that lobbying and influence play a big role in the legislative process, especially in Washington, D.C. However, a new report reveals that a large portion of trade association spending goes to PR firms and advertising.

Koch Brothers Do Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 03.07.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Koch-backed organizations and foundations are at the forefront of the anti-Common Core campaign, which is not surprising. What is surprising is that Koch money is going to the other side in the Common Core war as well.

ALEC Sharpens Attack on Environmental Safeguards

Elliott Negin | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

At the group's most recent conference, held earlier this month in Washington, D.C., more than 400 predominantly Republican state lawmakers and industry reps formulated sample legislation that will serve as templates for statehouses across the country.

eBay Splits From Controversial Political Group ALEC

Reuters | Deepa Seethharaman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology

Dec 18 (Reuters) - eBay Inc said on Thursday that it will end its association with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political group that o...

Will eBay Give Out ALEC Coal This Holiday Season?

Emily Southard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Emily Southard

This holiday season, eBay's incoming CEO Devin Wenig can signal to customers, shareholders, and employees that eBay's commitment on climate is stronger than ever by dumping ALEC.

Samantha Lachman

Democratic Group Aims To Advance 'People's Agenda' In States

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than 200 Democratic lawmakers were surprisingly upbeat here Friday, given the drubbing they experienced in state legislative chambe...

Koch-Tied Group Pushes New Union-Busting Bill in Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The poison pill for private sector unions is likely be a model bill from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) with the Orwellian name of "right to work."

President Walker? 5 Things You Should Know About Scott (Calvin) Walker

Mary Bottari | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is walking and talking a lot like he is running for President of the United States. Here are five things that you need to know about the cheddarhead with Coolidge-like ambitions.

Emerson Electric Latest to Confirm ALEC Exit

Nick Surgey | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Nick Surgey

Emerson first revealed that it ended its association in discussions with Walden Asset Management, which has engaged the corporation over its affiliation with ALEC. An Emerson spokesperson confirmed this to CMD, but refused to provide further details about the reason for its decision or precisely when the relationship ended.

More Lies From ALEC About Climate Change

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

If ALEC were an honest broker, it would recommend market-based solutions, like the Republican-inspired, acid rain cap-and-trade program championed by President George H.W. Bush. But that's not likely going to happen, because doing so would alienate its fossil fuel industry and trade association members.

AOL Latest Tech Company to Cut Ties With ALEC

Nick Surgey | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
Nick Surgey

Following renewed public concern about climate change, ALEC's corporate funders appear increasingly unwilling to be publicly associated with the group.